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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 22, 2013 7:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DYLAN & The DEAD

There has been some threads on this tour , that I can't find . The section in his book "Chronicles", in which he talks about this is rather obtuse, and even my musician friends wonder what he is on about . I have not read this RS interview . Dylan was a low point, and it took years for him to slowly build into something new . It does seem his stint with the Dead impressed him . So much so that after the 2/12/89 Forum show, he asked to join the band ! (Phil was the only veto vote ).
He did develop a, not always enjoyable, looseness toward his live playing, but it must have made it fun for him, he has been touring ever since .
I may be that his contact with Garcia & Co. let him view his songs as part of the musical past to be "covered", just as he started to do more and more covers of folk/blues etc. into his concerts . Not having to live up to being "Dylan", the guy who wrote THOSE song . John Lennon said that, during his non writing period, he was intimated by his past "I'm the guy that wrote Day In the Life" . Getting past that allowed he to start writing again .
As for recommendations for the D&D tour, some feel they got better as they went on . The Anaheim show 7/26/87 featured a very nice "Chimes of Freedom", and "Queen Jane" .
This tour is better than it's reputation (LOW), but it was a disappointment .